Monday, July 22, 2013
Hispanic crime: A livery cab driver has been arrested after he killed his traffic agent girlfriend and stuffed her body in the trash can of a Bronx apartment, possibly in a fit of jealous rage, according to police sources
Police have arrested 52-year-old Moises Martinez in the killing of 29-year-old Yajaira Reyes, whose body was found wrapped in a blanket and stuffed head-first in a trash can in the couple's Walton Avenue apartment in Mount Eden. Martinez told investigators after he was arrested that his girlfriend was having an affair, according to police sources. The couple has several children together, though they are believed to be out of town. Authorities towed Martinez's car from near the Bronx apartment after he was spotted carrying items to it, according to police sources. He worked in the Bronx as a livery cab driver for Diplo First Class Car Service for about three years, according to Fernando Mateo, president of the New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers. The car company had no comment on Martinez's arrest. Reyes was a traffic enforcement officer with the NYPD, police sources said. Martinez's building superintendent, Jesus Ulloa, said in Spanish that he never noticed issues or indications of domestic problems with the couple. Neighbors said that Martinez and Reyes lived in the neighborhood for only a few months. Martinez faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter, police said.